[email protected]: Multi-sport venue with all under one roof
If you’re looking for the perfect sporting arena to cater for a specific amount of players in Abu Dhabi, then look no further than the [email protected]
The [email protected] was built to create a community football and sporting facility with indoor and outdoor pitches in the heart of Abu Dhabi for everyone to enjoy.
Chris Bayliss, Operations Manager at [email protected], says: “The pitches are all laid with a modern synthetic grass system. Known as 3G – or third generation – pitches, these surfaces are designed specifically to mirror playing characteristics of professional football.
“Some players even prefer it to natural turf because it can be maintained at a consistently high quality all-year-round.”
The [email protected] provides an outdoor 11-a-side pitch (90m x 60m); three outdoor 7-a-side pitches (58m x 39m); an indoor 7-a-side pitch; two indoor 5-a-side pitches (37m x 26m); as well as six 5-a-side pitches (37m x 26m).
However, the Dome wants to provide a venue for as many people as possible, and as many sports as possible, so these pitches are multi-functional. They can also be used for cricket, mini-Olympics/sports days, Yoga and family days, with the air-conditioned dome perfect for marketing, concerts/theatre, PR events and much more.
Bayliss adds: “We also provide all the other amenities that you might need when you go for a game, such as female and male dressing rooms, a sports lounge with a snack bar, two pitch-side refreshment bars, and a multi-use classroom, which is suitable for arts and craft, dance or fitness classes.”
It is not surprising then that the Dome is an award-winning facility, picking up the inaugural Bronze award for Best Sports and Recreation Facility at the Sports Industry Awards earlier this year.
The Dome also offers special discounts for students. Any day of the week, between 08:00 and 18:00, students are eligible for 50 per cent off on all off-peak pitch bookings upon presenting a valid student identification card.
It doesn’t stop there though, as students can now purchase a [email protected] loyalty card and pay for six pitch bookings during off-peak hours, and get one more totally free of charge. All you have to do is approach the reception at the facility, specify what pitch type and size you would like to book, and pay for the loyalty card.
This offer is valid until December 31, 2013. There is also a 30 per cent discount on public holidays for anyone who wishes to book a pitch.
The sports lounge overlooking the outdoor pitch is an ideal place to watch matches, or just relax in the comfortable environment, watching live sport on the plasma screens scattered around.
With a capacity to accommodate 250 people, the lounge is an ideal place for events: corporate events, presentations, parties, birthdays, art exhibitions, and a lot more. For private events, the lounge is available for rent for exclusive use: On weekdays, it’s Dh200 per hour, while on weekends (Friday and Saturday) it’s Dh300 per hour.
The hourly rates for the different sized pitches vary, from Dh150 for a 5-a-side pitch during off-peak hours (08:00 to 17:00) to Dh1,000 for the 11-a-side pitch during peak hours (17:00 to 01:00).
The pitches aren’t specific to just football of course and they can be customised for other sports such as American Football, cricket or netball. Contact [email protected] for more information about how they can facilitate your needs.